The power of plantain

Large and small-scale trials are testing the merits of plantain in pasture. Anne Lee reports on work under way at Massey University.   Plantain and its powers to reduce nitrate leaching have been the focus of studies at both ends of the scale spectrum at Massey University. From the detailed effects of plant compounds and the microscopic activity in the …

Milking intervals: It’s all about the cows

Sharemilkers Jason Macbeth and Beth Phillips use a range of milking intervals based on the needs of their cows. Anne Hardie reports. Young dairy guns Jason Macbeth and partner Beth Phillips use three different milking regimes through the season and it’s all centred on their cows so they are producing well the following season and beyond. This year the young …

The big cheese

Anne Lee On a scorching, dry, 36C day in central Canterbury, water buffalo just aren’t a class of stock you expect to see out happily grazing. Even less likely is the idea that these huge, horned beasts would soon be lining up to be milked. But at Wairiri Buffalo, south of Darfield that’s exactly what you’ll see. Lucy Appleton and …

Help for those who want out

Sheryl Brown   Dairy as a collective may need to support the exit of dairy farmers for the overall good of the industry under new land-use change rules, DairyNZ strategy and investment leader for sustainability Rick Pridmore says. Pridmore retires from his role at DairyNZ in January after more than a decade as its sustainability guru. He wants to see …

Future-proofing farm development

Merging two, tired South Taranaki dairy blocks into a modern operation was a challenge to be relished for Vanessa and Jacques Le Prou. Jackie Harrigan reports. Future-proofing their farm and dairy business was foremost in the minds of Vanessa and Jacques Le Prou when developing their rundown Pihama dairy farm. Five years ago the Le Prous bought two adjacent coastal Taranaki …

Why sheep milk?

The developing sheep milk industry is investigating ways to develop the industry, which offers environmental benefits for farmers. Sheryl Brown reports. The global demand for alternative dairy and non-bovine dairy products is growing significantly and there is enormous potential for New Zealand sheep milk products, particularly in Asian growth markets. The nutritional benefits of sheep milk are becoming more apparent, and …

Lewis Road: Building on success at home

Peter Cullinane Lewis Road Creamery chief executive It’s possibly a bit rich for me to be writing a ‘View from The Top’ for the Dairy Exporter. Lewis Road Creamery is still at best a little hillock rather than a mountain, so my view is very much upwards and outwards. Why outwards? Because the first five years of our existence have been …

SPECIAL REPORT | WOMEN IN DAIRY: Stepping up

Karen Trebilcock Southland dairy farmer Suzanne Hanning carefully, in her own words, “pokes bears”. Her farm’s Facebook page Bristol Grove Dairies Ltd has almost 400 followers but gets thousands of views and she tries to post at least weekly what is happening onfarm. In mid-November it was weaning calves and the arrival of the Hereford bulls on the Grove Bush …

Richard Rennie rides the UBCO 2x2.

It’s electric – Game-changer on two wheels

What started life as a quirky award-winning attraction at the 2014 National Fieldays has become a fully fledged commercial motorcycle business tipping the conventional farm bike design on its head. Makers UBCO invited Richard Rennie to take the latest version of the bike, the 2018 Ubco 2×2, for a test ride.   In 2014, inventors Anthony Clyde and Daryl Neal …